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YACKZAN

Morwenna Louise Robinson Yackzan

Morwenna Louise Robinson Yackzan died at her Davis home on May 12, 2003, with her devoted husband Kamal by her side. She was 78.

She was born in Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 30, 1924. Her mother, Hope Bennett Robinson, a native of Cornwall, England, served as a social worker. While impressed by her mother's social activism, Morwenna was also profoundly influenced by her father, Emmett Colson Robinson, a native of the Deep South who risked his life standing against the Ku Klux Klan and who treasured the friends of his youth, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black and U.S. Sen. Lister Hill.

As a teenager during World War II, Morwenna contributed to the war effort by working as a bookkeeper in an iron-producing plant. Although a gracious Southern belle, her family said she was also a woman for whom social injustice was anathema. Having no patience for bigotry in any form, she was an unequivocal supporter of civil rights long before such a stance was popular, or even safe, in her home state and would remain that way throughout her life.

She attended Auburn University and Birmingham-Southern College where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology. She also met her husband Kamal, who was born in Beit Meri, Lebanon, at Birmingham-Southern.

In addition to rearing six children, she was employed at various times as a social worker and a rehabilitation counselor in Alabama, Virginia and Nevada, having earned a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

While her husband pursued postgraduate scientific study at the American University of Beirut, she lived in Lebanon for a year. There she worked for the United Nations -- and, in her spare time, learned to prepare traditional Middle Eastern food.

Later, while her husband pursued a doctorate at Florida State University in Tallahassee, she developed an innovative preschool co-op for children of married students. It served as a model not only for FSU and the University of Florida, her family said, but for other universities throughout the country.

Morwenna first moved with her family to Davis in 1969, sharing her skills as an accomplished chef of Middle Eastern cuisine by serving falafels and other tasty Mediterranean foods at the Whole Earth Festival, the UC Davis Coffeehouse and the then-newly established Farmers' Market.

Her cooking became so popular she eventually opened three different Falafel Factories, for a time, in Davis, Squaw Valley and Tahoe City. After leaving Davis, she worked in Reno, Nev., as an administrative assistant to Bill Lear, inventor of the Lear jet.

She then lived abroad and, for a few years, her hometown of Birmingham. She and her husband then retired to Tucson, Ariz., only to move back to Davis in 1993, to be near many of their children and grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, her sister Hope Northington of Mobile, Ala., and her brother Fred C. Robinson, of New Haven, Conn., a distinguished professor emeritus of English at Yale University, she is survived by her six children, Linda Yackzan of Sacramento, Randy Yackzan, Laura Powell and Dawn Yackzan, all of Davis, Bahia Yackzan of Harrington, Maine, and Joseph Yackzan of Lexington, Ky.; her daughters-in-law Lynne Yackzan and Susan Yackzan; her sons-in-law Dean Powell, David Masiel and Dwayne Shaw; and her 13 grandchildren, Lisa, Kimberly, Trenton and Scott Yackzan; Taylor, Camille and Victoria Powell; Emily and Jackson Masiel; Daniel, Andrew and David Yackzan; and Haddi Shaw. A 14th grandchild, a baby girl to be named Shaw, is due in August.

Friends are invited to a memorial service for Morwenna Yackzan at 11 a.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, off Russell Boulevard.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the social justice organization Jubilee Partners, P.O. Box 68, Comer, GA 30629, or to Yolo Hospice, 132 E St., Suite 3e, Davis, CA 95616.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday May 15, 2003.)

YAMADA

Henry Y. Yamada

After a stubborn fight against lung cancer, retired Davis farmer Henry Y. Yamada died on Aug. 23, 2002. He was 68 years old.

Born Jan. 24, 1934, in Sacramento to Joe and Haru Yamada, he grew up at his father's bait shop until World War II when he and his family were forced to relocate to the Tule Lake Internment Camp. When the war ended, they returned to Sacramento to start over.

After graduating from McClatchy High School in 1952, Yamada went to UC Davis to study agriculture. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army and spent two years overseas in Korea. After returning to the United States, Henry went into farming with his father and brother. They had many prosperous years farming corn and tomatoes in Davis.

Yamada loved life. He enjoyed the great outdoors. After retiring from farming in 1989, he spent time each year salmon fishing in Alaska, traveling to Europe and driving his trademark Ford Bronco to San Jose to visit his three grandchildren.

He enjoyed eating at Cindy's Restaurant with his breakfast club, something he had been doing for the past 30 years.

He loved his family -- his wife of 39 years, Kumiko; his children, Phyllis (and John) Louie of San Francisco, Joyce (and Emmanuel) Gjee of San Jose and his son Dean Yamada of Los Angeles; and his three grandchildren, Elisabeth, Annalicia and Stephen Gjee.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Davis Community Church, 412 C St. in Davis.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, August 30, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

YAMAMOTO

Shunta Yamamoto

Shunta Yamamoto, whose vision and early financial support were integral in the creation of International House, Davis, died June 29, 2002, in Gainesville, Fla. He was 78.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, he moved to Gainesville from Davis nine years ago.

Although he no longer lived in Davis, Yamamoto remained honorary chairman of the I-House board of directors.

He is survived by his wife, Chizuko Yamamoto of Gainesville, and two daughters, Eleanor Yamamoto of Davis and Janet Yamamoto of Gainesville.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Williams-Thomas funeral Home in Gainesville. There will be no local services. Interment will be in Tokyo.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, July 2, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

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Shunta P. Yamamoto

Community members are invited to a special memorial service honoring Shunta Peter Yamamoto, founder of International House, Davis, at 7 p.m. Thursday at I-House, 10 College Park. Yamamoto died June 29, 2002, in Gainesville, Fla., at the age of 78.

The Yamamoto family will be present at the service, and the program will include readings from international sources. The program will be followed by a reception.

Community members also may sign memorial book pages in honor of Yamamoto. Stop by International House on Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sign your name. The pages also will be available at the service.

For more information, call I-House at 753-5007.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, October 9, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

YANCI

Lita Martinez Yanci

Lita Martinez Yanci died April 9, 2001, in her Winters home. Born in Oakley on April 24, 1918, to Fernando and Antonia Rojo, she was 82.

She was a member of the Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Winters, Esparto Study Club and Soroptimist International of Winters and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an 80-year resident of Winters.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Dick Rojo; sisters, Mary Martin, Antoinette Barranco and Isabel Martin; and her first husband, John Martinez Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Ramon Yanci of Winters; son, John A. Martinez and wife, Robin of Benicia; daughters Betty Ann Biasi; Patti Gottlieb and husband Greg of Winters; grandchildren Sam Biasi and wife Anne of Petaluma; Lori Fellows and husband Turk of Esparto; John F. Martinez of Happy Camp; Jennifer Martinez of Walnut Creek; Paul and Ann Gottlieb of Roseville. Also, great-grandchildren, Anthony, Sarah, Tyler and Tanner; her brother, Chris Rojo and wife Carmen of Winters; sisters Josephine Mermod and husband Jack of San Lorenzo; and Dolores Gregg and husband, Bill of Sacramento; sisters and brothers-in-law, Isabel Snow and husband Phil of Winters; Dan Martinez and wife Joan of Winters; Marie Yanci of Woodland; and Joe Yanci and wife, Pat of Woodland.

Visitation will be today from 5 and 8 p.m. at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 205 Russell St., Winters. The funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Presbyterian Church. Burial will be private at Winters Cemetery. Remembrances may be made in her name to Winters Health Care Foundation, 23 Main St., Winters, CA 95694, or to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith's Colonial Chapel in Winters.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, April 11, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

YANCI

Ramon (Ray) Yanci

Mr. Ramon (Ray) Yanci, a lifelong resident of Yolo County, passed away on Sunday, July 3, at Woodland Memorial Hospital. Born on November 20, 1923, in Winters, California, to Natalio (Nate) and Manuela Yanci, he was 81 years old. Ray attended the one-room Cottonwood Elementary School in Western Yolo County, and graduated from Esparto High School with the Class of 1942. He was a sheep and cattle rancher in Western Yolo County until retirement when he moved back to Winters. Ray was a life member of the Woodland Elks Lodge #1299, and a more than 50 year member of the Yolo County Wool Growers and Cattlemanís Association. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents Natalio and Manuela Yanci, and his wife Lita Yanci. He is survived by Sister Marie Yanci of Woodland, and his brother Joseph Yanci and his wife Pat of Woodland. He is further survived by his step-children; John A. Martinez and his wife Robin of Lincoln, CA., Betty Ann Biasi of Winters, and Patti Gottlieb and her husband Greg of Roseville. Ray was the proud grandfather of Sam Biasi and his wife Anne of Petaluma, Lori Fellows and her husband Turk of Esparto, John F. Martinez of Happy Camp, Jennifer Martinez of Concord, Paul Gottlieb and his wife Shekina of Roseville, and Amy Gottlieb of Roseville. His great grandchildren are Anthony and Sarah Biasi of Petaluma, Tyler, Tanner and Tate Fellows of Esparto. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Dolores Gregg and her husband Bill of Sacramento and Josie Mermod and her husband Jack of San Leandro. The rosary will be recited on Sunday, July 10 at 7:00 PM at St. Anthony Catholic Church, located on the corner of 3rd & Main Streets in Winters.

The funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 11, at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the Winters Cemetery. A virtual guestbook may be signed at www.davisfuneral. com. Remembrances may be made in Mr. Yanciís name to the American Cancer Society or the Woodland Memorial Hospital Home Healthcare Program, 261 California Street, Woodland, CA 95695. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel in Davis.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, July 14, 2005.)

YANG

An Tzu "Andy" Yang

An Tzu "Andy" Yang, a UC Davis professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and husband of Ambassador Linda Tsao Yang, a former U.S. executive director to the Asian Development Bank, died Nov. 21, 2003, at Woodland Memorial Hospital with family and friends at his bedside. He was 80.

Born in Shanghai, China, he came from an academic family. His father, Pei-Feng Yang, was a professor of civil engineering and his sister, the late An-Jing Yang, was professor of material science, both at Jiao-Tong University.

In 1942 he escaped from Japanese-occupied Shanghai to free China, making the more than 1,000-mile journey on foot, ox cart, mule, train and whatever other modes of transportation he could find. He enrolled at the Northwestern College of Engineering in Xi'an, China, where he received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1946.

He came to the United States in early 1949 to study at the Ohio State University, where in 1918 his father earned his graduate degree. He graduated with a master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1950. After holding several engineering positions in industry and teaching at the Institute of Mathematics in Porto Alegre, Brazil, he completed his doctorate in engineering science at Columbia University in 1963.

His dissertation, "Application of Quaternion Algebra and Dual Numbers to the Analysis of Spatial Mechanisms," was adopted by Columbia, Yale and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a text for graduate courses in spatial kinematics within two years of its publication. It was considered a landmark contribution that opened up the use of the so-called "screw theory" for researchers in mechanism design, robotics, biomechanics and computational geometry -- 40 years later, it remains one of the highly cited works in kinematics.

He joined the young UCD College of Engineering in 1964 as an assistant professor, and was a founding member of the department of mechanical engineering in 1965. His analytical work was quickly recognized nationally and internationally. Within five years of arriving at UCD, he had become a renowned researcher and leading figure in the field of mechanisms, kinematics and dynamics. A year later, he became a full professor. He retired in 1991.

Professor Emeritus Warren Giedt, the founding chair of the department of mechanical engineering, said of him, "I was lucky to have Andy on the faculty. He is a true scholar in the finest tradition. And he is a humble man."

Yang served the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the International Federation for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms and the National Science Foundation throughout his career as a technical editor, organizing technical conferences and as a peer reviewer. He was also named to state legislative advisory subcommittees, for the Assembly Committee on Economic Development and New Technologies and the California Legislature's Joint Committee on Science and Technology.

He received several awards, including a service award from the ASME's Applied Mechanics Review, ASME's Design Division Mechanisms Committee Award, Life Fellow status in ASME and an election into the New York Academy of Science.

Last year at ASME's Design Technical Conference in Montreal, Canada, a special technical session was dedicated to his research. His former doctoral students, colleagues and friends honored him at a pre-conference dinner for his 80th birthday. Both occasions brought him much joy and pleasure, his family said.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda Tsao Yang, and two sons and daughters-in law, Yuelin T. and Trina Chin Yang of Singapore and Eton Y. and Jenny Wang Yang of Davis.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Davis Cemetery at Eighth Street and Pole Line Road. A celebration of his life will be held on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at the UCD Alumni & Visitors Center.

Donations in Yang's memory may be sent to the UCD Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Student Aid Fund; ASME Foundation, 3 Park Ave., 23W1, New York, NY 10016; The International House Davis, 10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616; Davis Chinese Christian Church, 536 Anderson Road, Davis, CA 95616; or to a charity of the donor's choice.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, November 25, 2003.)

YANSKY

Ruby Margie Yansky

Ruby Margie Yansky of Davis died July 5, 2003. She was 77.

She was born March 4, 1926, in Greenwood, Miss., where she grew up and graduated high school. She met her husband, John Yansky Jr., in Mobile, Ala., while going through U.S. Army nurse's training. The couple married in 1947 and had two children.

Because he served the U.S. Air Force, the family moved often, including time in Germany and Great Britain.

After settling in Davis five years ago, Ruby became active in the Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Yansky, Jr., granddaughter Tiffany Yansky and great granddaughter Savannah Head.

She is survived by daughter Barbara Ann Laplante and her husband John of El Macero, son John Robert Yansky and his wife Linda of Yorktown, Va.; five grandchildren, Michael Laplante, Christina Head, Matthew Laplante, Michelle Yansky and Jonelle Yansky; and three great grandchildren, McKenna Head, Morgan Laplante and Jorj Hayden Head.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 38141 Russell Blvd., Davis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St., Davis, CA, or to the American Lung Association.

Davis Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," July 9, 2003.)

YANSKY

Tiffany R. Yansky

Tiffany Renee Yansky died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000, after a three-year battle with brain cancer. She was 24.

Born in Austin, Texas, she lived in York County, Virginia, for most of her life. She later attended East Carolina University and UC Davis. During her years of treatment, she was cared for by her aunt and uncle, John and Barbara Laplante of El Macero.

She is survived by her parents, John and Linda Yansky of Denver; her sister, Christina and husband Jorj of Seaford, Va.; her twin sisters, Michelle and Jonelle; her grandfather, Jack W. Stone of Pensacola, Fla.; her grandmother, Margie Yansky of Davis; her cherished niece, McKenna Head; and many family members and close friends.

To celebrate her life, a memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Davis, 38141 Russell Blvd. Refreshments will follow in the fireside room. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Brain Cancer Research, c/o Dr. James Boggan, UC Davis Medical Center Health Sciences Advancement, 2315 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," February 14, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

YARBROUGH

Olive Rose Yarbrough

Olive Rose Yarbrough died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003 at Alderson's Convalescent Hospital in Woodland, at age 86.

Olive resided in the Sacramento and Woodland area most of her life. Olive touched many lives and was loved by all. Family, friends and Bingo were what was most important to her. She worked for and retired from Yolo General Hospital and spent her adult years raising eight children.

Survivors include her sons, Gary and Donna Yarbrough of Shingle Springs, Michael and Lana Yarbrough of Elk Grove, and Steve Yarbrough of Woodland; daughter, Linda and Wayne Smith of Zamora; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three stepsons, Jay, Ron and Don; and brother-in-law, Phil Lucitt. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Judith Ann; son, Kenneth and sisters, Edith Lucitt and Helen Easton.

Services: A funeral service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at West Valley Baptist Church in Woodland, 668-1109. Memorials may be sent to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis 95617-1014.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, August 12, 2003.)

YASSERI

Anoushiravan (Andy) Yasseri

Anoushiravan (Andy) Yasseri died in his Woodland home on Monday, April 29, 2002.

Born in Iran on June 16, 1938, he was 64 years old. Mr. Yasseri was a resident of Yolo County for nine years.

Mr. Yasseri was a franchise owner of Subway restaurant in Woodland. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and a master's degree from J.O. Physica in London, England.

Mr. Yasseri is survived by his wife, Flora Yasseri; his son Ahi Yasseri and his daughter Tala Yasseri.

A service is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. for Saturday, May, 4, at 933 Silverado Drive in Woodland.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Friday, May 03, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

YEAGER

Lee Arthur Yeager

Lee Arthur Yeager died in Woodland on Friday, Aug. 13, 2004 at age 46.

Mr. Yeager was born March 26, 1958 in Sacramento to Harry and June McKinney Yeager. Mr. Yeager had been a Yolo County resident for three years. He graduated from Hiram W. Johnson High School and Sacramento City College and was previously employed by the California State Railroad Museum as a restoration consultant of locomotives. He was also well known as a train modeler and artist.

Survivors include Mr. Yeager's wife, Tammy Fitts Yeager, sons Jacob and Joshua Campos, all of West Sacramento, his daughter, Jennifer Campos of Sacramento and his parents, Harry and June McKinney Yeager of Sacramento. He is also survived by his brother Robert Yeager and his wife Susan of Sacramento, his sister Christine Yeager of Seattle, and his mother-in-law Rose Fitts of Woodland.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Yeager's name may be directed to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation, or the State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, 95814.

Services: A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 20 at Calvary Chapel, at the corner of East Main and Pioneer Ave., Woodland with Pastor John Withem officiating. In keeping with Mr. Yeager's wishes, interment at Monument Hill Memorial Park in Woodland, will be private. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, August 19, 2004.)

YEARY

Sidney Frank Yeary

Sidney Frank Yeary died at Woodland Memorial Hospital Monday, April 11 at age 91.

Mr. Yeary was born Aug. 31, 1913 in Crowder, Okla. He had been a Yolo County resident for 10 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II with the Seabees Construction Battalion in the Asia-Pacific Theater. After the war, he worked for the San Francisco Water Department as a surveyor and then for the Operating Engineers for 27 years. He belonged to many civic organizations, including the Clearlake Elks Club.

Survivors include his nephew, Robert Yeary and his wife Carolyn of Daly City; his sister-in-law, Nola Yeary of Red Bluff and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Yeary.

The family requests memorials in Mr. Yeary's name be directed to the Woodland Senior Center, 630 Lincoln St., Woodland, 95695.

Services: Respecting the wishes of Mr. Yeary, no services are scheduled. Private inurnment will be scheduled at a later date for family members. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, April 19, 2005.)

YODER

Willis Yoder

Willis Yoder died Nov. 11, 2001. Born on Dec. 31, 1919, in Aurora, Ore., he was 81 years old.

Even thought (sic) his upbringing was Mennonite, he served in the Army during World War II as a medical and surgical technician. His love of music was expressed through singing in the church choir and the barbershop chorus. Other loves included the outdoors and traveling. He was a truck driver for many years for Crown Zellerbach in Oregon. One of his proudest moments was receiving an award for driving more than 1 million accident-free miles.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Doris; his daughters, Mary Wright and her husband Walt of Medford, Ore., and Julia Jolly and her husband Desmond of Davis; and his grandchildren, D. Anthony Jolly, Katherine Jolly, Valerie Wright Session and Gabrielle Wright. He will also be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to national parks.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 23, at noon at the home of Desmond and Julia Jolly, 101 W. Eighth St. in Davis.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, November 13, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

YEOMAN

Hugh E. Yeoman Jr.

Hugh Yeoman Jr., a 31-year resident of Davis, died on Feb. 14, 2003, at his home. Born on Aug. 27, 1923, in Mount Ayr, Ind., he was 79 years old.

He graduated from Remington High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from October 1942 to March 1946. He worked as a PBX repairman for Pacific Bell for more than 30 years. While living in Davis, he was a member of the Davis Volunteer Fire Department and the Davis Police Reserve.

His wife, Nelva Behnky Yeoman, preceded him in death in 1987.

He is survived by son, Thomas Yeoman of For Myers, Fla.; stepson, David Fairbrother of Mill Valley; and stepdaughters, Patricia Fairbrother of Pleasant Hill and Gale Fairbrother of San Rafael. He also leaves six brothers, two sisters and five grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service was today at the Davis Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, February 19, 2003.)

YORK

Charles James York

Dr. Charles James York, noted for his achievements in virus research and in the advancement of veterinary medicine, passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2000 at 8:40 in the morning at his home in Winters.

A native Californian, Dr. York was born to James and Violet York in San Luis Obispo on Sept. 18, 1919. The family moved to Hollister during his youth where he grew up participating in the pleasures of outdoor life in Steinbeck country. The rural character of the central California coast at the time imbedded a love of things outdoors. All his life Dr. York was an avid hunter, fisherman, and naturalist.

Long before the environmental movement was conceived, Dr. York was concerned with issues of preservation and conservation. His knowledge of natural history, his love and pleasure of plant and animal identification, and his joy in exploring, camping, and experiencing the natural world of California, the United States, and of other places around the world stems from these experiences of his youth. However, these interests were channeled into an unusual path as the result of experiencing a form of juvenile arthritis which often kept him indoors when his peers were at play, causing him to develop his truly remarkable asset, his keen and insightful mind. Inspired by reading the Microbe Hunters in his youth Dr. York resolved to be a microbiologist.

To that end he matriculated at UC Berkeley where he received his BA in 1942, followed by a DVM at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1948, and finishing at Cornell University for his Ph.D. in virological sciences. He worked briefly in virus research at Cornell before accepting a position with the Pitman-Moore Company in Indianapolis, Indiana for a period of 11 years as Director of Virus Research. In this capacity he spearheaded the development of dozens of innovative ideas into useful vaccines, serums, and other products for prophylactic and therapeutic use in animal and human diseases.

Desiring to revert to an academic career from a commercial one, Dr. York accepted a series of positions commencing with Head, Department of Veterinary Science at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana in 1963; then Director of research at the Institute for Comparative Biology at the San Diego Zoological Gardens in San Diego, California in 1965; and finally as an Associate Professor of Comparative Pathology on a part-time basis beginning in 1967 at the University of California, San Diego Campus. He assumed full-time responsibilities as the Director, Division of Animal Resources after 1970.

In this capacity he was especially active in conducting research in comparative medicine and especially in etiology of infectious diseases and their prevention. In 1977, Dr. York moved to Davis to accept a position with UC Davis. For some time he had been feeling restricted in his ability to exercise the full range of his abilities within the university system. Having already tried corporate America, Dr. York decided to experiment with the private sector again, but this time as an entrepreneur in private business. He initially became a partner in a private laboratory and research firm near Davis.

Still feeling that he was wrestling with restraints on his potential in this endeavor, he left the partnership in 1985 and, at an age when most men are retiring, formed Biotrends International. This became a very successful small business ultimately employing over 40 people in research and production of vaccines and related medical products. He remained active directing this company for fifteen years selling it just weeks before his death.

It is difficult to fully appreciate the caliber and vitality of Dr. York’s mind from a mere rendition of his work history. He has been directly responsible for guiding over two dozen vaccines to market, many of which, such as vaccines for canine and bovine distemper or for parvo virus in dogs, are still in common use. He has over 50 scientific publications to his name.

Over his lifetime his professional memberships were numerous. They have included the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association for the World Health Organization, the American Society for Microbiology, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, and the Society for International Development, the US Animal Health Association, the World Association of Veterinary Microbiologists, Immunologists and Specialists in Infectious Diseases. Additionally, his past activities have included consulting on Infectious Diseases to Ft. Detrick’s Chemical Warfare Department, member to the Ad Hoc Committee on Hog Cholera for the American Veterinary Medical Association, Consultant to Lackland Air Force Base’s Epidemiology Laboratory, membership in the Viral and Rickettsial Study Section of the NIH Grant’s Division, consulting to the national Cancer Institute Special Virus-Leukemia Program, member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Veterinary Research, member of WHO Board for Comparative Virology, Executive Secretary for the International Committee on Animal Virus Characterization, Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences Subcommittee on Standardized Methods for Veterinary Microbiology, member of the NAS Task Force on Aquatic Animal Diseases, member of the NAS Committee on Rabies, member to the International Committee on Virus Nomenclature, and as a consultant to AID.

Through these memberships and activities Dr. York found himself traveling extensively. He became a student of the world and devoted himself to seeing and reading about foreign peoples, cultures, and lands. If he was not traveling on business, then he was traveling personally to see the parks of the United States and Canada, the gardens of England, the natural history of the Galapagos Islands, or the drama of Tibet. In his declining years as the complications of multiple myeloma began to seriously affect his health, he refused to sit back. He continued to oversee his business, to develop his gardens, or to indulge in travel such as safari to animal preserves in southern Africa and cruising down the Yangtze River in China.

Dr. York married Rosalie Louis Taglio of Gustine, California in 1944. Together they had three sons and a daughter during the decade of the fifties. Divorced in 1974, he married his present wife, Sonia Martinez, of Osorno, Chile, in 1977. Both his former and present wife, his four children and ten grandchildren survive him.

(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, July 20, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

YOUMANS

Lucille Youmans

Lucille Youmans died May 18, 2005, in Santa Rosa.

Born in Chicago, she moved to San Francisco as a young woman and always considered it her true home town. During the war, she served as an ambulance driver in San Francisco as well as working at NBC Radio City.

She married E. Red Youmans of Georgia in 1946 and they settled in Los Altos. While raising her family, she also worked as an executive secretary for various firms and as the manager of a dental office.

After they retired, she and her husband moved to Paradise where they were active in the Elks Lodge. She then started a new career as a graphoanalyst, giving lectures, teaching classes and consulting in personal screening.

She was an avid volunteer for Hospice of Paradise as well as All Things Right & Relevant in Davis. When her husband of 44 years passed away, she moved to Davis to be near her family. She spent her final months at the home of her daughter.

She was described as a loving wife and mother who always had a smile and a wink for everyone.

She is survived by her sons, Tim Youmans and his wife Carol of Davis and Terry Youmans and his wife Alison of Placerville; and a daughter, Georgia Worthen and her husband Steve of Santa Rosa.

She is further survived by her grandchildren, David and Mike Youmans of Davis, Brianna and James Youmans of Placerville and Carrie and Craig Worthen of Santa Rosa; and her special friends, Brian and Jessica Leng of Glendale.

Donations may be made to Paradise Elks Lodge No. 2026, P.O. Box 418, Paradise, CA 95967. Services will be private.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, May 20, 2005.)

YOUNAN

Rouel Yosif Younan

Rouel Yosif Younan passed away of natural causes on May 11, 2001 in Davis. Born on July 1, 1955 in Baghdad, Iraq, he was 45 years old.

Mr. Younin (sic) immigrated to the United States at the age of 16, and was originally a resident of Chicago, Illinois. He moved to Modesto in 1976, where he lived until 1995 when he moved to Winters with his family. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Stanislaus State University, and was working toward his master’s degree in business administration (M.B.A.) at National University in Sacramento at the time of his passing. He held a variety of jobs in Northern California, but was mostly recently a plant manager for G.K.N. Interlake for the last two years. He was a member of the Assyrian Church of Modesto, and enjoyed golfing, fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, of Winters; daughters, Anntonette, Ashurina and Alyssa, all of Winters; sister and brother-in-law, Henry and Mariam Bakus of Modesto; brother, Ashoor Younan of Modesto; numerous relatives, including aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A visitation was held for Mr. Younan at the Lakewood Funeral Home in Hughson on Monday, May 14, from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. at the Assyrian Church of the East of Modesto. Burial followed at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson.

Remembrances may be made in Mr. Younan’s name to the American Heart Association.

(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, May 17, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

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Florence Hill Young

Born: April 15, 1920 in Grimes, Ca.

Passed away: April 22, 2004 at Colusa Regional Medical Center.

Age 84.

A lifelong Colusa County resident.

Her family was involved in farming, having established themselves in the Grimes area in the 1870's. She was the youngest child of Lillie Fruchtenicht Hill and Rollie E. Hill. She attended Grand Island Elementary School and graduated from Pierce High School in 1938. She married Arnett Young in 1939. She worked for the Pierce School District as a cook, a store clerk at Stinson's Drug Store and for many years at Breits in Woodland. Florence was an artist in most practical of ways and found beauty in simple things. She always had a wonderful garden; she made quilts for many of her grandchildren, and was an extraordinary cook. She was very proud of her meals that she made for the students of the school district as well as the elaborate pies and bread she made for her family. She lived very independently and modestly, and counted her family and friends as her most valuable possessions. She charmed her family with her lively stories and good cheer.

Survivors include his sons, Worth Young and his wife Suzanna of Aptos, Ca., Ken Young and his wife Joanne of Wasilla, Alaska.; daughters, June Wilkins and her husband Gary of Fort Jones, Ca. and Mary Charter and her husband Raymond of Arbuckle, Ca.; sisters, Elna Stevenson of Davis, Ca. and Cecilia Ettl of Yuba City, Ca.; grandchildren, Mary Eicher, Arnett Young, Sara Williams, Autumn Wallace, Rodley Wilkins, Catrina Firman, Heather Wilkins, Lillie Rabena, Ellen Voorhees, Halbert Charter and James Young; and great-grandchildren, Crystal Dau, David Dau, Janna Dau, Carrielee Wilkins, Kevin Wilkins, Chelsea Wilkins, Gail Downey, Brittany Maynard, Christopher Maynard, Sadie Eicher, Jack Eichert, Alexis Williams, Mary Nicole Williams, Shane Williams, Mitch Young, Jake Voorhees, Riley Voorhees, Luke Voorhees, Aiden Charter, Halle Charter, Daniel Rabena, Trevor Rabena and Ryne Rabena.

Florence is preceded in death by her husband Arnett Young who passed away in 1952.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 10 a.m. at the Arbuckle Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Florence's name to the Pierce Youth Foundation, P.O. Box 1349 Arbuckle, Ca. 95912 or to the Arbuckle Revitalization Committee, P.O. Box 784, Arbuckle, Ca. 95912.

Services are under the direction of McNary-Moore Funeral Service, 107 5th St., Colusa.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, April 27, 2004.)

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Garnet Elnor Young

Garnet Elnor Young passed away on Friday, Dec. 31, 1999 in Davis. Born on Jan. 14, 1919 in Huron, South Dakota, she was 80 years old.

A graduate of Clovis High School, she attended one year of college. An avid tennis player, Mrs. Young worked as secretary to the superintendent and assistant superintendent of schools in the Novato Unified School District. She has lived in Winters since 1995.

Mrs. Young is survived by her former husband, Herbert William "Brig" Young of Windsor; daughter, Garnet Rogers of Winters; son, Bert Young of Sonoma; sisters, Alice Pierson of Concord and Doretta Dambley of Eureka; grandchildren, Andrew and Aaron Rogers of Winters, and Cassie, Patty and Gus Young of Sonoma; nieces and nephews, Dale Baldwin, Sharon Clearly, Diane Andre, Ruth Rose, Dan Miller, and Bob, Tom, Jim and Karen MacEachran.

Preceding her in death were her brothers, Gustaf "Jay" Miller and Cliff Miller, and her sister, Dora Connell.

A memorial service was held for Mrs. Young, on Friday, Jan. 14, at the Covenant Reform Church, in Sacramento.

In Lie of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship, I.B.C.& D., 533 Lake Murray Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, January 20, 2000 (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

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John Evert (sic) Young

The Daily Democrat, Dec. 8, 1972

Funeral services will be held Saturday at Kraft Brothers chapel for John Evert Young, 72 who died yesterday in Woodland Memorial hospital.

A native of Oak Grove, Mo., he made his home at 621 East Street, Woodland.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eunice Young of Woodland; sons, John E. Young, Jr., and Floyd Young of Sun Valley, Donald Young of Burbank and Leroy Young of San Diego; step-son Eldon Phipps of Torrance; daughter Wanda Brown of Grenada Hills; step-daughters Iona Hackett of Guinda and Leona Sanders of Laguna Beach; brothers A.T. Young of Woodland, A.L. Young of Burbank, Alvin Young of Ashland, Ore. and Charles Young of Covina; sister, Mrs. Arline Hancock of Glendale; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchldren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Burial will be in Capay Cemetery.

(The above obituary was contributed by Louana Harden, <nharden@mother.com>.)

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Kenneth Herbert Young

Kenneth Herbert Young, 83, died of natural causes, at Providence Extended Care, in Anchorage, Alaska. A visitation was held on Monday, April 10, 2000, followed at 2 p.m. by the funeral at Kehl’s Forest Lawn Mortuary. Pastor Kent Redfearn officiated. Burial will be in the Spring at anchorage Memorial Park. Honorary Pallbearers were John Young, Jr., Herbert Young, Jr., Kevin Young, Rodney Young, Edward Lee and Austin Stuart.

Mr. Young was born on January 20, 1917 in Buffalo, Missouri, and had been a resident of Anchorage since 1974. He worked for a dairy farmer in Missouri, a lead and zinc miner in Oklahoma, and as a hard rock tunneler working on such projects as Boulder Dam in Colorado, The Monticello Dam and the Caldecott Tunnel in California. He was disabled in a tunnel accident in the early ‘60s.

He was a member of the Laborers Local #185 and the Operating Engineers Local #326. He liked to fish and hunt. He enjoyed reading Louis Lamour books, and watching John Wayne western movies. The family said ‘Dad was a snappy blue-eyed, tenacious, vivacious, flirtatious, firey mixture of Irish and American Indian descent who loved God, life, and his family. Forever on the go, always ready for an adventure, moss never grew under his feet. He is dearly loved and will be greatly missed. May he soar with the eagles.

Mr. Young is survived by his children, John, Jerry, Judy Young and Debra Reeves all of Anchorage; Don Young of Scottsdale, Arizona; Ruth Kaundart of Oakley; and Rose Wentz of Tucson, Arizona; 35 grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas Clarke of Yuba City, and O.K. Clarke of Buffalo, Missouri and sister, Ruth Newton of Anacoca, Louisiana.

He was preceded n death by his wife, Hazel, sons George, Ronald and Herbert; granddaughter, Diana Jones, and great-granddaughter Kali Reeves.

The family requests donations be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 240 East Tudor Road, Suite 110, Anchorage, Alaska 99503.

(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, April 13, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

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McKenzie “Mac” Andrew Young

McKenzie “Mac” Andrew Young died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at age 57.

Born May 30, 1944, in Richmond, Mr. Young was the son of Frank and Jesse Violet Young. According to his family members, "he was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist who passed that passion on to his children and grandchildren. His greatest joys in life were his grandchildren's sporting events, where he often claimed a front row seat. He instilled the love of sports, hunting, and fishing in everyone he met."

Mr. Young is survived by his wife, Brooke Bourland-Young; daughter, Heather Vermazen and husband Rusty; son, Rodger Young and wife Jennifer; and grandchildren, Andrew and Seth Young, and Sarah Rose, and Grace Vermazen, all of Woodland.

He is also survived by his mother, Elizabeth Bourland; former wife, Janet Young of Arbuckle; stepchildren, Shali Baldwin of New Jersey and Chris Baldwin of Chicago; sisters, Valerie Voorhies and Tracy Burkdoll of Clyde; brother, Doug Young of Santa Cruz and their families also survived him.

A memorial service is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Woodland Elks Lodge, 500 Bush St., Woodland.

The family requests memorials be directed to The Woodland Public Library Large Print Division; Woodland Little League; or Ducks Unlimited, Greenwing Foundation.

North Sacramento Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the “The Daily Democrat,” Friday, January 25, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the “The Daily Democrat,” 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

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Rose Marie Young

Rose Marie Young died at Mercy Hospital, Folsom Thursday, May 22, 2003, at age 67.

Born Feb. 7, 1936, in Los Angeles, Mrs. Young had been a Yolo County resident for 20 years. She attended schools in Valley Center and Escondido. She worked as seamstress.

Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Robert A. Young of Rescue; daughters, Patricia Turner and husband Tony of Placerville, and Tammy Rademaker and fiancé Nick Koski of Woodland; brother, John Billigmeier of San Francisco; sisters, Gloria Henry and husband Glenn of San Diego, Lilly Scott of Temecula, and Sarah Hickenbottom and husband Jim of Oceanside; grandchildren, Brandy Taylor and husband Steve, Bambi Turner and fiancé Frank Faria, Dustin Turner and wife Samantha, Kimberly Johnson, John Thiers, Mark Thiers, Melissa Ragan and fiancé Edgar Cuevas, Kenny Ragan Jr., Jeanette Engwer, Brandon Magnes, Sage Rademaker, and Tanner Rademaker; great-grandchildren, Jason Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Makayla Ragan, Ashley Johnson and Myrissa Rose Turner; father and mother-in-law, George and Ruth Young of Rochester, N.H.; brother-in-law, John Young and wife Laura of Rochester; and sister-in-law, Beverly Weber and husband Bob of Hardin, Mont. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Felipa Billigmeier.

The family requests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Green Valley Mortuary.

Services: A memorial service is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Solid Rock Faith Center, 6205 Enterprise Drive in Diamond Springs.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, May 30, 2003.)

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Sheila Audrey Young

Sheila Audrey Young died in Sacramento Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at age 77.

Born Feb. 6, 1927, in New Castle/Upon-Tyne, England, Mrs. Young had been a Yolo County resident for 44 years. She was a homemaker and worked as a secretary for 20 years. She was a longtime member of the New Testament Church and Cross Court Athletic Club. She donated blood for over 30 years. She volunteered much of her time serving the community and organizations such as the Yolo County Wayfarer Center, Shelter Workshop, Woodland Food Closet and March of Dimes.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Howard (Ed) Young of Woodland; children, Brenda Young of Grand Haven, Mich., Michael Young of San Jose, Janice Weems of Cottonwood, and Bruce Young of Avenal; sister, Marjorie Zajac; brother, Alan Tobias, both of England; grandchildren, William Long, Debbie Jansen, James Mazzole, Jason Mazzole, Shane Brown, Bobbie Stillson, Jessica Huebner, and Jimmy Stillson; and great-grandchildren, Christina, Steffan, Cheyenne, Brooke, Angelina, Nicholas, Christopher, Adrianna, Kevin, Allison, and Jasmine. She was preceded in death by her brother, William Tobias; and grandson, Christopher Mazzole.

The family requests memorials be directed to New Testament Church, 108 West Woodland Ave. Arrangements are under the direction of McNary's Chapel of Woodland.

Services: A memorial service is scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at New Testament Church, 108 West Woodland, Ave. A private service is scheduled at Monument Hill Memorial Park.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, April 06, 2004.)

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Thomas "Jerry" Young

Rose Marie Young died at Mercy Hospital, Folsom Thursday, May 22, 2003, at age 67.

Born Feb. 7, 1936, in Los Angeles, Mrs. Young had been a Yolo County resident for 20 years. She attended schools in Valley Center and Escondido. She worked as seamstress.

Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Robert A. Young of Rescue; daughters, Patricia Turner and husband Tony of Placerville, and Tammy Rademaker and fiancé Nick Koski of Woodland; brother, John Billigmeier of San Francisco; sisters, Gloria Henry and husband Glenn of San Diego, Lilly Scott of Temecula, and Sarah Hickenbottom and husband Jim of Oceanside; grandchildren, Brandy Taylor and husband Steve, Bambi Turner and fiancé Frank Faria, Dustin Turner and wife Samantha, Kimberly Johnson, John Thiers, Mark Thiers, Melissa Ragan and fiancé Edgar Cuevas, Kenny Ragan Jr., Jeanette Engwer, Brandon Magnes, Sage Rademaker, and Tanner Rademaker; great-grandchildren, Jason Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Makayla Ragan, Ashley Johnson and Myrissa Rose Turner; father and mother-in-law, George and Ruth Young of Rochester, N.H.; brother-in-law, John Young and wife Laura of Rochester; and sister-in-law, Beverly Weber and husband Bob of Hardin, Mont. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Felipa Billigmeier.

The family requests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Green Valley Mortuary.

Services: A memorial service is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Solid Rock Faith Center, 6205 Enterprise Drive in Diamond Springs.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, May 30, 2003.)

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William Earl Young

William Earl Young, a seven-year resident of Yolo County, died on April 24, 2004, in Roseville. He was 86 years old.

Born Dec. 5, 1917, in Kansas, he was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge and worked as a sales manager for Lone Star Industries.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Allena Young.

He is survived by his son, Russell Young and his wife Cindy of Escalon; his daughter Joyce Sullivan and her husband Dennis of Pleasant Grove; and his son, Robert Young and his wife Sherry of Sacramento.

He is also survived by five grandchildren, Scott and Jason Sullivan of Pleasant Grove, Leann Young of New York, Clinton Young of Modesto and Ryan Young of Escalon; and two great-grandchildren, Brooke and Megan Sullivan of Pleasant Grove.

A funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at McNary's, 458 College St. in Woodland. Burial will immediately follow at Monument Hill Cemetery, 35036 County Road 22 in Woodland.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, April 29, 2004.)

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